Accident description
Last updated: 1 October 2014
Status:Final
Date:Monday 14 April 1975
Time:22:05
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-AT Merlin IV
Operator:Magnavox Corporation
Registration: N960M
C/n / msn: AT-005
First flight: 1972
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1 km (0.6 mls) SW of Southern Pines-Pinehurst Airport, NC (SOP) (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Flushing Airport, NY, United States of America
Destination airport:Southern Pines-Pinehurst Airport, NC (SOP), United States of America
Narrative:
The Merlin IV hit trees half a mile short of runway 05. The pilot attempted a visual approach; patches of fog were present in the area.

PROBABLE CAUSE(S):
pilot in command - spatial disorientation
FACTOR(S)
weather - low ceiling
weather - rain
weather - fog
weather briefing - briefing received-method unknown

Sources:
» NTSB


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